Back in the 1990s, it was a real coup for Disney and the producers of The Lion King to get Elton John on board to write the music for the film. After all, the man was a living legend with 24 Top 10 hits (and seven chart-toppers) to his credit. And the last time he’d agreed to do a movie score was back in 1970, when he wrote the music for Friends before he became famous. So it was a big deal when John signed on for The Lion King, and the results were magical — three of the five Oscar nominees for Best Song came from the movie, with Can You Feel The Love Tonight winning the category. With John’s old songs — and a couple of new ones — featured once again in the new remake, he reflected back on the original movie and its success. (Click on the media bar below to hear Elton John)
The remake of The Lion King and John’s own story, Rocketman, are both still playing in theaters.